The larva emerged from the egg and began drifting in the gentle current. It was a bilaterally symmetrical body that recalled a small chordate, but it wasn't. The ciliated body allowed it to swim to some extent but within a few hours it settled to the sea floor and a remarkable change occurred. It began to develop an odd five-fold symmetry. That placed the organism in the lineage of the phylum echinodermata.
The research vessel Dana is currently in the Sargasso Sea on an intensive research expedition to the European eel’s spawning grounds subsequently following the eel larvae’s drift back to Europe. The Sargasso Sea is a large oceanic a... Read Post
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